Category: Relocation

  • The Ultimate 5 step guide for storing your Electronics safely 

    The Ultimate 5 step guide for storing your Electronics safely 

    The moving process can be quite stressful but the fact that each item is unique makes it significantly more tedious. Ensuring that each item is packed, transported, and then unpacked safely can seem like an enormous task.  One such category of items is Electronics. From large white goods like microwaves and televisions, to smaller and more delicate electronics like personal computers, tablets, music systems or gaming consoles, each come with their own complexity when it comes to unplugging and packing them, moving, and storing them. Expensive as they are, it becomes imperative to keep them well-preserved and safe from moisture, dust, and other harmful elements. Therefore, we have brought together the collective wisdom and experience of our self-storage experts to create this Ultimate five step guide for storing your electronics safely.  As a rule of thumb, ensure you read the re-packing instructions on each of the individual electronic items you are set to store away. This 5-step guide will hold you in good stead for all your electronic storage needs:  1. Organise:  Electronic storage needs special material and cases. Invest in specialised superior quality electronic covers for laptops. They come in assorted sizes and shapes and can offer additional protection against scratches and bumps. Before you start:  Remove CDs and DVDs from the devices and store them in a separate case.  Tie the cables and wires with twist ties and place them in a sealable bag. Label these and keep them together in the same box as the device.  Remove ink cartridges and toners from printers and put them in a sealable bag.  2. Clean:  Thoroughly clean and dry all electronic before starting to pack to ensure they are dust and germ-free.  For items like microwave, ensure they are free of all food crumbs.  Back up the data on all your personal computing devices.  Super-tip: Use cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive to back-up in case you need to access your data from elsewhere while your devices are in storage.  3. Unplugging:  Disconnect and dismantle your electronic devices carefully.  If you do not have the manufacturer’s guide on how to dismantle your device, look for an online downloadable version.  For devices with complex connections, take pictures of how the cords are arranged and connected before unplugging. This will make the set-up process easier at your new house.  For fear of losing/ displacing the pictures, you can also label the wire with the connections it has to ports, plugs, switches, etc.  4. Wrapping:  Wrapping is a critical stage in the packing process. It is important to keep copious amounts of anti-static packing material like bubble wrap handy during this stage.  Wrap each individual device separately using bubble wrap so that no two of them rub against each other and get damaged.  Avoid material that can conduct electricity.  Label each bubble wrapped item with its name so that unpacking is easier  5. Packing:  The last step before you place your electronics in storage is to pack it right into corrugated boxes:  Pad the bottom of the box with bubble wrap. Prefer using the original box if you have it. If not, use thickly made cardboard boxes.  Put only one device in each box. Do not be skimpy here.  Fill the gaps in the box with more bubble wrap or crumpled up newspaper so that there is no accidental wear and tear.  Seal the box with tape. Label it ‘fragile,’ ‘do not drop’ and ‘this side up’ with a permanent marker to clearly indicate how the box should be kept in the car/ truck.  Finally, it is imperative that you mention the handling details properly so that the movers, packers, and your own family members do not end up breaking items when they thought they were doing it the right way.  It is worth remembering Storage Units like those at Self Storage India are a perfect place to store your electronics while you are away temporarily or during renovations. Our storage experts have assimilated learnings from our years in managing equipment storage and are able to provide valuable guidance. The key benefits of storing your electronics with Self Storage India include:  Highly Secure Storage for your goods   Clean   Safe   Organised   Brightly Lit   24-hour access   24/7 video surveillance   Instant access with your verified ID   Connect with Speciality movers  and packers  Insurance for protection   Convenient access within city limits   Storage Expertise   Having said that, with products like electronics, it pays to follow this five-step guide to ensure that your electronics are safe during movement and storage. 

  • Packing Materials for Moving and SelfStorage 

    Packing Materials for Moving and SelfStorage 

    What Packing Materials Do You Need for Moving and Self-Storage?  When you are moving house or keeping items in storage, it is essential to pack them carefully to ensure they stay in excellent condition until it is time to unpack them. Packing materials can help protect furniture and other items against damage during transit. Similarly, when you are putting away goods in storage, they need to be packed appropriately to ensure they do not develop mould and mildew. Hence it is important to follow these simple steps.  4 Steps to consider while packing your goods for storage or relocation  First make a list of everything that needs packing.  Next, weigh them to get packaging material that is strong enough to hold the goods.   Procure packing material suitable to the size, weight, and nature of the goods. Do not skimp on quality. Improper packing can lead to damage to your goods, incurring a heavy loss.  Find a self-storage facility that gives you adequate space for goods that need to go into storage. Ensure the facility is easily accessible and gives your possessions absolute protection.  Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful if you have not planned. Do not leave everything to the movers and packers. We have put together a guide to help you plan your move and get everything packed efficiently and safely.  4 Essential Packing Cases and Boxes for Moving House or Self Storage    When choosing packing cases or boxes you need to make sure that they fit the size of the objects inside them. Purchase boxes that are strong and sturdy – a flimsy box from a supermarket will split easily. A professional company that specializes in storage or removals will supply a range of differently shaped corrugated cardboard boxes specifically designed to be strong enough to hold heavy loads. Place large or heavier items at the base of boxes and pack small, light, or more flexible items on the top or in the gaps in the boxes to keep the base strong.  These boxes are available in a variety of materials like cardboard, paperboard, plastic, and wood. You can choose the material depending on your needs. For example, if you need to ship an item quickly, then you could opt for a cheaper option like cardboard. If you need to protect your item from damage during shipping, then you should go for a stronger material like wood.  There are various kinds of packing boxes that will help you when packing up your products for shipping or storage.  Small Cardboard Boxes / Medium Cardboard Boxes   Cardboard boxes are a key player in transporting your belongings around the world. Not only that but they can also be flattened down to a compact size on arrival at your destination and then reused repeatedly.  Small cardboard boxes are perfect for CDs, small decorative ornaments, stationery, and other small random objects lying around the house. You can also put away your essentials like phone chargers, keys, and anything else you might need when moving in a small box to keep with you. The smallest boxes are best for small items like jewellery, personal care products, stationery, and other small items.  A medium box is best suited for storing larger items like photo albums, books, kitchen utensils, small appliances, computers, and footwear. Keep in the mind the capacity of the box and refrain from overloading it. Cramming boxes beyond the recommended capacity makes it difficult to move them around. They could also split open during transit.  Large Cardboard and Plastic Boxes  Large Boxes are great for storing various things. You can store all sorts of items in them, including clothing, bedding, lamps, kitchenware, toys, and other small items. Do not fill them too full because you will struggle with lifting them and/ or moving them around.   Choose the largest size of cardboard container for those light, yet bulky items that take up a lot of space. These include curtains, tapestry, linen, bedding, and pillows, among others. They can hold sizeable items like mattresses, couches, tables, chairs, and even full-size beds. Premium boxes sometimes have wheels to help you move bulky and heavy items around easily.  Specialty Boxes  For items like mirrors, wardrobes and pictures, a standard cardboard box will not cut it. These items require specialized packaging, which is why you should opt for custom-made boxes. You must also purchase packing materials, such as bubble wrap and corrugated board, to ensure the safety of your item through transit and while in storage.  You should pack your structured clothing carefully when moving house. If you put your expensive clothes like tuxedos, special gowns, sherwanis, and lehengas in a regular cardboard box, they may get crushed during transit. Make sure you buy specially design wardrobe boxes, to hold such clothes while transporting them. These boxes are also useful if you have seasonal clothing that needs to be stored during off-season. You can keep your winter gear in the box during the summer months and vice versa. Wardrobe boxes come in many sizes and styles – choose them according to your requirement.  Document Boxes  Be sure to buy a suitable number of document boxes to carefully put away important files and documents. Label and seal the boxes yourself, rather than leaving them to the movers and packers. If these boxes are going into a self-storage unit, make a handy list of what each box contains for future reference. Avoid putting legal documents and bank documents in a storage unit.  11 Wrapping and Packing Materials for Storage and Moving  If you just pack everything up and send it off to storage, you may end up with broken items when you unpack them. You need to protect your possessions properly before sending them off. Wrapping and packing supplies are available at any local store. Here are 11 examples of the various kinds of wrapping and packing material you can choose from:  Bubble Wrap  Bubble wrap is great for protecting fragile items like jewellery, […]

  • Piano-packing done right: 5 Do’s and Don’ts to always remember 

    Piano-packing done right: 5 Do’s and Don’ts to always remember 

    A piano is not a minor investment – not only from a financial point of view but also emotionally. Those in love with their music and passion to play the piano also make another significant investment into it – space. This is one of the few musical instruments that takes up a significant amount of space.  A piano is not made for tight spaces. Now if it is faced with a situation of moving or being stored temporarily in a different location, it calls for extra care and precaution. Packing it incorrectly or storing it in a tight space can cause long-term damage to the instrument, and subsequently costly repair work. Hence, it is always a promising idea to take time before moving the piano and understand the best practices. One of these is to be prudent and invest in getting a proper piano storage. We recommend a self-storage unit for the same.  Read the below essential dos and don’ts before you start packing and moving your piano to understand the other important practices:  Do’s:  Clean the piano keys with a damp cloth only. The polish should only be used to clean the wooden parts.  Cover the piano with a soft cotton cloth or tarp to safeguard it from any possible environmental damages and dust.  Delegate the responsibility of moving your piano to a professional, if possible. A piano can weigh anywhere from 136 kg to 453 kg. Without proper equipment, you will just end up hurting yourself and the piano.  Always store the piano upright and never on its side.  Ensure the facility is temperature and humidity controlled.  Don’ts:  Do not use polish to clean the keys of the piano. That is meant only for the wood.  Do not use rough packing material under the cover.  Do not take your piano apart. Unlike other large pieces of furniture, where taking it apart is recommended, removing the lid or the soundboard from the piano can leave the strings, the hammers, and the other parts too exposed. One fault in the grand build of the piano can lead to permanent damage in the complex instrument.  Do not store your piano against an exterior wall. Even if the walls are thick, the outdoor weather changes can trickle through the wall and damage the piano.   Do not store the piano on the ground but on a pallet so it is above the ground level and is protected from vents, dampness, and accidental leakages.  Pro-tip: You should remember that once back from storage the piano may take time for it to adjust to its unfamiliar environment. Give it ten days before you tune it again.    

  • 8 Tips to Preserve Your Furniture While in Storage 

    8 Tips to Preserve Your Furniture While in Storage 

    Most people are unaware of the correct way to store their furniture while moving or renovating their homes. This way, they could end up damaging it. It always pays off to be well prepared before facing an arduous task and storing away your furniture in a self storage unit is one of those tasks. Storing your furniture can be tedious, and it can turn detrimental if you do not take proper care while storing it.  How do you preserve your furniture in storage?  Simply by taking out time to store it correctly you have ensured your items’ safety. Making sure that the furniture stays in perfect condition takes a little bit of work and effort. With our furniture-specific storage tips, you will get a fair idea of the methodologies and would be able to preserve your furniture while it is in storage. No matter what the material of your furniture, these tips will come in handy to ensure that your belongings are safe and secure when you return to them.  1. Clean the dirty and unkempt furniture  Before you decide to put away your furniture in a storage unit, make sure to check for any repairs. Clean the furniture; it is always better to store clean furniture to prevent further decay. You can adapt the following tips to clean the furniture before placing it within the storage unit and reduce the chances of destroying your items:  For wooden or plastic furniture, use mild soap and water. For the wooden parts, you could also use a wood cleaner, to protect the finish of the wood.  The fabric items like sofa sets and couches should be cleaned with a fabric or upholstery cleaner. You must also ensure that they are completely dry before you pack them.  Polish the metal sections using a polishing cloth and metal cleaner. Polishing will remove any existing oxidation and delay the process of tarnishing.  2. Disassemble the furniture  Before moving your furniture into the storage unit, disassemble everything that you can. The desks, tables, bookshelves, and all other furniture that has detachable parts, must be dismantled. Put the screws, spanners, and other small items in a labelled bag. Being organised in such a manner will ease the packing process for moving, and it will save space and create ease when reassembling your furniture. Besides, it will reduce the likelihood of breaking and scratching the furniture.  Another important tip is to line the storage room with thick plastic sheets that can help protect both the furniture and the floor. It also would make it easier for you to drag the furniture from one place to the other, without spoiling it. Another option can be termite treated wooden pallets. Arranging your furniture on a raised space ensures that it will remain clean, dry, and pest free.  3. Find out your storage options  Storing your furniture in a self storage unit can be an expensive affair. Investigate your options thoroughly. Factor in the various elements like the term for which you want to preserve your furniture. Do you want it to store your belongings for the long-term or do you want to sell the furniture and keep it in a unit for a short-term period? The length of time for storing your goods is vital to know beforehand because the average cost of a storage unit varies. It is recommended to opt for a self-storage unit when you are going through a transactional period, like shifting to your new home, renovating it, or downsizing.  4. Opt for a clean self-storage unit  In case you are in it for the long-haul, the protection of the furniture is paramount. Then it also becomes imperative to make sure that the storage unit has facilities like pest control, cleanliness, and security systems. Ensuring the storage facility sprays for pests means that your furniture is safeguarded against termites and bugs.  5. Stack carefully  When you preserve your furniture, it is always a best practice to exercise extra care and start stacking based on the height and weight of the furniture. Try to avoid balancing pieces one on top of the other. The precarious arrangement of furniture increases the chances of falling and breaking off pieces. If you must stack them, the heavier items should be at the bottom, and the lighter ones should lie above. However, do not make the stacks too high.  To provide an added level of security, you could wrap the most critical and valuable items in padding and soft quilts to protect them from damage. Sometimes, the sharp edges from some pieces might break or scratch other fragile items. It is, therefore, a clever idea to safeguard the fragile items by placing padding around the corners of objects that stick out.  6. Provide additional safety for fragile items  It is recommended to store fragile items like TV, kitchen appliances, and computers in their original boxes. The things that have a glass or mirrored surface must be highlighted and packed as “Fragile” or “Handle with Care” to help identify the pieces during transportation and unpacking.  Try to pack methodically and make optimum use of boxes. Make the space clean and decluttered to protect the furniture. If you try to cram more into a small space, you increase the risk of knocking things over, scratching and causing other damages.  7. Security is the key  After you have put the furniture in a storage unit, make sure to have a secure lock on it. The storage unit that you chose must be in a safe area and must exercise the necessary safety measures.  8. Ensure Proper Packing of your furniture  The importance of proper packaging cannot be overemphasised. Plan your packing well, use the right packing materials and do not cut corners. Make friends with cardboard, bubble-wrap, packing paper, tape, containers to add a layer of protection to your valuable furniture.   Storing your unused and extra furniture does not have to be stressful or complicated. Make sure to pick out and appropriately sized self-storage unit for your furniture. For the rest, you can follow […]

  • How To Protect Your Furniture during Relocation 

    How To Protect Your Furniture during Relocation 

    Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about breaking something. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, your furniture needs to be suitably packed and protected during the move. There are specific things you can do to ensure your precious possessions stay intact through loading, in transit, and while unloading. Keep reading to find out some handy tips for packing furniture to avoid any potential damage during relocation.  Furniture Storage and Protection When Relocating All your items, once packed and loaded, will be transferred to the destination specified by you and completely at the mercy of the mover agency. Enroute you will not be able to check, repack or rearrange the packed goods. There are a few things you can do to ensure they stay intact through the journey – steps you must take while packing.  Basic precautions to take to protect your belongings while moving house:   Pack all your furniture carefully. Make sure nothing is loose or heavy.  Do not stack anything on top of each other. Place them side-by-side instead of directly on top of each other, to prevent boxes from toppling over while on the move.  Avoid using plastic wrap or bubble wrap around any pieces of furniture that are going into storage. Instead use a blanket or sheet to cover the furniture before placing it inside a box.  Preparing for the Move   Declutter Old Furniture   Decluttering means removing items that are not useful anymore. You should remove everything that does not fit your current lifestyle or does not bring you joy. Get rid of anything that does not serve you anymore. It could be an item you bought because it looked cool at the store or something you inherited from your parents. If you cannot bring yourself to give it away or put it up for sale, you can opt to put those objects away in storage.  You will feel less stressed out if you get rid of all the clutter and junk before starting your new life. Make a list of things to give away, another list of things you can resell and another with things you wish to put away in storage. Declutter before the packers arrive.  Rent out a self-storage space and put away household goods that you do not use anymore. The advantage of a self-storage unit is that you can retrieve items any time you want, and rest assured that your goods are safe and secure.  If you are moving long-distance or internationally for several years, yet with an intention to return, it would serve you much better if you put your goods away in storage. Safety is not an issue because self storage facilities are under 24/7 surveillance. You ought to declutter before you go, so you will not be paying to store items that you do not really need when you get back.  Plan Furniture Placement in Your New Home   If you have the measurements for your new home, draw out a rough floor plan, including all the rooms and their dimensions. Use room layout software or just pencil and paper – whichever you find more comfortable. Once you have drawn up the layout you can start thinking about what you would like to fill each space with. If you are decorating a small apartment, you might not have many options. Pick the furniture that fits the layout and store away the rest. If you are moving to a bigger house, you will have more freedom to choose your own style. Measure the larger items of furniture to ensure they will fit in the rooms. This means you will not have an unpleasant surprise that the sofa does not fit in your new living room.  When you feel like you need a change, try something different. You may not realize what works best until you try something else. If you have an old piece of furniture that does not fit anymore, put it in storage and buy something new. If shopping for new furniture is not an option rearrange the furniture around the house for a fresh look. For example, find a spot that could be made into a reading nook.  Gather Packing Supplies   Moving is not just about packing boxes and loading them onto trucks. Moving involves a lot of planning, preparation, and execution. You should always plan when moving. Make sure you prepare everything before you start packing. If you do not, you may end up wasting time and money. Here are a few packing essentials to help you get started with your next move:  Bubble wrap  Sofa and mattress covers  Plastic stretch wrap  Sealable plastic bags  Corrugated cardboard sheets  Clean your Furniture for Packing  Before you move, take the time to clean and dust your furniture properly. Dust and other debris will scratch hard surfaces during the move. Take the extra time to clean your furniture before moving day. Make sure all surfaces are completely dry before wrapping them up. Dirt and grit will scratch your furniture during loading and unloading. Cleaning your furniture before moving will prevent scratches and damage to your new home.  Remove all knobs, casters or pulls from your furniture, then empty the drawers. Put them in properly labelled containers to help you while unpacking.  Disassemble Large Furniture   Heavy furniture pieces that cannot be carried as is should be disassembled into smaller pieces. Smaller pieces may be easier to carry. Larger pieces need to be taken apart to fit through the front door.  5 Steps to follow when disassembling delicate furniture:  Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions for dismantling and reassembling the furniture.  Get someone from the furniture store to do the dismantling for you, if possible.  Photograph each step of the disassembly process. This will help when reassembling the item.  Keep all screws and other small hardware in clear, labelled plastic bags.  Monitor the reconstruction process guided by the photographs taken during dismantling.  Packing Tips to Protect Your Furniture   When you move your furniture, you need […]

  • 5 sure shot ways to preserve your artwork in storage 

    5 sure shot ways to preserve your artwork in storage 

    Collectors buy art for a variety of reasons. For some it may be a treasured memory, for others it can be an investment. Yet others piece together a myriad collection of artworks because of the sheer passion and joy it brings to them. Art curation is not a new passion. It has been around for thousands of years. It is not surprising to find that art connoisseurs own paintings and other works of art that date back for decades, or even centuries.  Priceless as all of them may be, there could be a time when the owner of an artwork needs it stored away either for moving homes or renovations. Whatever the reason is, it is imperative that the precious pieces of artwork are stored safely and carefully. Oftentimes, owners struggle to find accurate information about how to store their art.   The most common mistake they end up making is to wrap a painting in a newspaper and place it in painting storage. This can cause deep damage to the painting in the long term.   According to the Conservation Register these are the biggest risks to your artwork to watch out for:   Breakages, tears, loose and missing elements, impacts, smudges.   Fingerprints etched into polished surfaces.   Stains and marks from skin contact, eating, smoking, cosmetics, and other domestic chemicals.   Introduction of materials and conditions that encourage pests or other environmental damage: foods, other infested objects, inferior storage materials, central heating, damp, bright light.   To offset this situation, here are five pro-tips on the best way to store your artwork:   1. Clean before packing   Using a microfiber cloth, remove any dust. Then use wood polish or metal polish to avoid any rusting or scuffing. If unsure, contact a professional to have it meticulously cleaned.   Oil paintings can be left unfinished for months or even years because they contain thick impassive passages and/or dense texture. Therefore, if you are storing an oil painting recently purchased, make sure it is dry.  2. Do not store in places with varying temperatures   Since basements are a common go-to place for storage in India, most people will think of stacking their paintings against a wall down below.   However, a painting should never be stored in a place that is either too dry or damp. Choose a room that has a consistent temperature and moderate humidity.   3. Do not stack paintings on top of one another   Storing paintings on top of each other may save space but the weight of the frames can damage them. A best practice is to get a rack to keep them off each other.   You can also use this rack to keep the paintings off the ground and away from the dampness they can absorb from the concrete and other materials on the ground.   4. Keep away from the sun   Sunlight can lead to the fading away of the colours. Hence, keep the painting covered with an acid-free cloth or preserve the packaging it came in and use it. Store it in a place away from direct sunlight.   5. Consider self-storage for painting storage   If you consider storing your paintings and artwork for extended periods, consider putting them in a self-storage. Not only will they be in a dedicated space where they are meant to be safeguarded, but they’ll come with a host of benefits that you can’t create for yourself at home. You can read up on some of the benefits here and book a unit in the same breath.    The artwork you bought is precious. Someone invested time, energy, effort, and their heart into creating it. Preserve it as best as you can so that whenever you take it out of storage and hang it up, it will beautify your home like it was painted just yesterday.           

  • Preparing for a Winter Move? Here’s What You Need to Keep in Mind

    Preparing for a Winter Move? Here’s What You Need to Keep in Mind

    People relocate for different reasons varying from job to student exchanges, all across the year. However, not everyone has the good fortune of moving in the warm and sunny summer season. Thousands of people every season, brave the chilly winds and frigid temperatures to shift to their new homes. Most people tend to prefer summer relocation. This preference accounts for meager competition rates in winter move, and household companies offer rates that are much lesser than what they give in peak seasons. So a winter relocation can help you save money. Apart from that, you get to choose from a wide range of movers, in comparison to the summers, where they get pre-booked quickly. The lacking ability to have a selection of movers in the summer means your chances of hiring an experienced moving agency are less in the summer. Moreover, due to the fewer number of customers in the winter, these agencies also have more dates available for the moving options, and you can choose a time according to your convenience. You might even get to benefit from the fact that winters see roads less cramped and the traffic is lower. So you will be able to travel quickly to your new place. These advantages are desirable. But there are also some precautions you must take. If you are traveling to icy areas with sub-zero temperatures, you might also have to face the snow and ice that also impact the road conditions. Moving during winters might also help you save some money but mostly has quite a few challenges associated with it. Most people even opt for self storage and for bracing yourself with the winter chills and planning an efficient move, here are a few things you could keep in mind. 1. Plan well in advance. If you have decided to move in winter, ensure that you plan the route ahead of time. As winters have considerably shorter days, it would be a good idea to start early in the morning. Especially for those staying or planning to move in the northern climates, it is advisable to begin as soon as possible to have maximum daylight while moving. If the weather conditions seem inadequate, dress appropriately. Put on your warm jackets, hats, coats, gloves, scarves, and snow boots. While on your way, try to choose the main roads over the deserted back-roads. In the scenario of snow or ice, the main roads get cleared sooner than the back-roads. If the distance you are traversing is more, get your car prepped and serviced before the move. Examine all the tires and if possible, replace them with winter tires that are designed for better traction while driving in icy conditions. Bad weather can strike anytime, and whether it’s heavy snow or an ice storm, you wouldn’t want to get stuck on the road without emergency supplies. Pack some food, water, blankets, and even a first-aid kit. It would also be a warm idea to pack a thermos with some hot beverage! 2. Adopt weatherproof packing. When packing your stuff, keep in mind the possibility of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Just in case it is snowy or icy outside, you need to take special care of your belongings and keep them protected. Use packaging material like plastic bins, plastic wraps, waterproof moving labels, mattress wraps, and bubble wraps to keep your stuff waterproof. Electronics stand at a higher risk of being damaged in the wet weather. You could put all small electronics and cables in sealed plastic bags before you put them into boxes. The larger ones could be handed over to a moving company for professional care. Always pack essential documents like birth certificate, passport, financial papers, and other files in weatherproof cases. Things like jewellery, photographs, and other sensitive items could be packed in a sealed container to protect from snow an ice in transit. While packing, also remember to keep some winter supplies in your car and some handy emergency lights, power banks, cell phone chargers, windshield scrapers, bottled water, snacks, and road salt, if possible. 3. Hire a weather savvy moving company. Moving in the frigid temperatures can be a task, and it is strongly recommended to hire movers that can help you with heavy-lifting and quick packing-unpacking. Find reputable movers who are licensed. There would be nothing better than finding movers who also insure your stuff, while in-transit, for any damage. Once you have finalized the mover, also discuss with them an alternate date in case things go wrong. Say if bad weather hits your area, the company must have a back-up time to meet the emergency. Under all scenarios also make sure to keep a tab on the weather conditions and keep yourself updated with significant developments in the weather. Make sure you are not caught off-guard in a winter storm. You will find it more conducive to move when the road conditions are apt, and the chilled weather does not add to the trouble with winds. 4. Do not forget about the option of self storage In the winters, roads don’t make it easy to move things from one place to the other. Most people have to move on an urgent basis and want to keep their stuff safe until the bad weather passes. Under such circumstances, it would be best to take advantage of self storage units. There you could keep your things for as long as you want. You can get it tucked away in a storage unit to keep them protected from the elements. It is also very convenient if the storage facility also has the option to provide experienced movers and packers to help move your things. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes and can provide a measure of comfort as the dedicated staff is willing to give the best service possible. 5. Prep your new home. A few weeks before you plan to move-in, call up the utility provider of your new place and get the electricity and heating system set up in the area. […]

  • Things to Keep in Mind While choosing a Packer and Mover

    Things to Keep in Mind While choosing a Packer and Mover

    Anyone who has ever moved house or offices within the city or outside of it knows that moving and packing can be a tense and nerve-wracking process. Seeing so many of your precious goods, most of them fragile or with sentimental values, being jolted back and forth in a truck is not a relaxed affair. That is why it is crucial to choose the best movers and packers who will transport your goods in the safest manner possible – without breaking or undergoing any wear and tear. Moving hassles Pulling out all your stuff for movingPacking it or having it packedThe possibility of breakingThe chance of wearing or tearing Tips for choosing packer and mover Prep Even before the movers and packers arrive, take care of things on your end. Get rid of any items that you don’t want on your new property by donating, selling, and distributing among relatives and friends. After this process of decluttering, categorize all your stuff and put them together in one place. Always pack by room and label the boxes as you go, so the unpacking process is hassle-free. Breakables, books, cutlery, sharp objects, etc. are some starting points. The larger stuff is easier to organize and pack; it’s the smaller one that needs special looking after. During the categorization process, ensure that you put the smaller objects in the right pile for greater control and lesser headaches during the moving process. Pack them up tightly so that they don’t shift while being transported. Use old, crumpled up newspaper to fill in the gaps. Look out for a mover and packer company which takes a thorough inventory of your stuff before moving. A few factors on the basis of which price is quoted: the number of items, the number of fragile items, kilometers to be covered, labor cost, the volume of each piece, etc. Research Use all possible channels to come up with a list of the top packers and movers. Ask your friends and family who shifted homes or offices, look around Quora, and read online reviews. Look into the services offered, the prices quoted, and whether the movers and packers have a credible website. Some of them might not have a site, and this is where you can rely on recommendations from your family and friends. Another plan of action can be to contact the movers and packers, ask them for the most recent recommendations they have received, and then follow-up with those people on your own. Ask them how their experience was, the amount that they paid, and the efficiency of the entire shifting process. Finally, compare and decide. Insure Especially when moving long distances. If you are moving to a storage facility or to a house that is barely 10 km away, then find the best mover and packer so that your goods come to no harm. If you choose to insure within the Delhi NCR region, the cost of insurance is 2% of the declared value of all your goods. Don’t pay Top packers and movers don’t demand cash or a large deposit before moving. You should only pay upon delivery after all your items have been safely transported. Read Most people never read the contract carefully, and not everything can be explained or verbalized. To avoid any misunderstanding or miscommunication, read the contract carefully and clarify any points which seem fishy. The pick-up and delivery dates along with the mover’s estimate and extra fees should be written as well as each of your items being transported. Ready to get moving and packing now? If you live in or near Delhi and need extra storage space for your household goods or office inventory, head here to book space in a self-storage facility!

  • Packing tips and tricks, What to keep in mind while packing?

    Packing tips and tricks, What to keep in mind while packing?

    The feeling of shifting from the city is synonymous to a headache of packing the stuff before moving out. But, if you wish to make a smart move, jot down some essentials to have a plan in place. Here are some packing tips and tricks that you could follow when preparing and moving to your self storage unit. List of packing tips and tricks 1. Gather Materials: Begin with gathering more and more cardboard boxes, tape, markers, and packing material as you think you will need. Don’t forget to include bubble wraps and crumbled up newspaper. 2. Inventory Checklist: Make up an inventory list of your items and preserve it in a secure place that could be at home or in a safe deposit box. 3. Wrap It Up: Items that are easily breakable like mirrors, frames, items with sharp edges, dishes and glasses should be wrapped in a bubble wrap followed by cardboard wraps and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end. 4. Appliances and Furniture: Your refrigerator, microwave and washing machine can act as cartons to store blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes. Remove the legs of the tables to create more space. Cover your furniture with blankets or sheets to protect against dust and moisture build-up, whereas, cushions wrapped in plastic should be placed on top of sofas. 5. Rent Ideal Space: If your packing operation is carried out smartly, the amount of space you will need to store your belongings needn’t be too much of surface area. Remember to stuff your drawers with small items that may go missing in the process of shifting. 6. Automotive and Metals: Always wipe items made of metal with machine oil to prevent rusting. These could be bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. Moreover, it’s best to choose a storage unit where you can park your valuables in an invulnerable private space. 7. Easier Access cum Protection: Finally, after laying all the hard work, it’s time to depart from your goods at the storage space. One should possibly use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking, and a trick of leaving small spaces between the walls and boxes permits air circulation.

  • The Subtle Art of Labeling Well

    The Subtle Art of Labeling Well

    Snort. Who worries about labeling well? Well, if you don’t, now is not too late to start. And we promise: the result of this little extra care will pay off well when you want to find something in the 20+ boxes you have at your house or a self-storage facility. Truth is: the size of the house doesn’t matter; you’ll always have a lot of stuff. And when it comes time to move, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of it and question why you ever thought this was a good idea. Not labeling well will only add to the stressful nature of the process. Because the thing is: most people are prone to taking a haphazard approach to moving and storing. They’ll take the easiest way out (as is typical human nature) and not invest a few extra minute or resources to make things more comfortable and organized in the long run. The Subtle Art of Labeling Well When you label your boxes well while moving, you achieve three things: You keep your items well-organized You find those items quickly and efficiently People handle them like they should be handled Think of your delicate vases, your imported chinaware, and the antique jewelry box gifted by your grandmother. The above three points will hold more significance then. While labeling, it is important to remember the three characteristics of every label. Namely: It should be legible It should not come off containers and boxes while moving It should be easy to edit and replace So how do you go about labeling boxes in a way so as that all of the above points are covered? Follow the guidelines below: Gather your labeling supplies These include materials like: Glue Tag holders Color markers Color labels Masking tape Packing tape Decide on a labeling system Instead of using bland white paper to cut out slips and scribble labels upon, choose an appropriate labeling system. You can select one of the following: Numeric labeling system Conventionally, you would think that you need to write down every item that the box contains, on the paper. Now supposing you have a box full of mountaineering gear- ropes, helmets, boots, etc. etc. Listing every item in the box means you’ll have to tack a long list to the box at the end. This is where the numeric system can be a savior. You label the boxes numerically- 1,2,3, and so one. Then, one a single Master Sheet you write the number and against it, you write the contents of the box. For example, if box number 5 contains mountaineering gear then, in the Master Sheet, you make an entry for both of them in a single row in separate columns. This way, you won’t need to change labels on the box. You can simply update the contents in the Master Sheet. Color-coded labeling system This one is great for quickly finding the stuff you need. Decide on a color for a particular set of items. For example, green could be for gardening, pink for kid’s stuff, and yellow could be for clothes, and so on. Once the colors are decided, use the appropriate colored markers, tape, and labels for packing up the boxes. That means you use green masking tape, a green packing tape, and a green marker when boxing up gardening items. You can also use a green post-it and write the contents with a black marker on it. The best thing about this system is that in a sea of boxes, it’ll be almost effortless to find the right box if you have the color right- no need to go over white labels over each of the boxes. Specify the contents As clearly as possible. Instead of writing ‘paintings’ on the box, specify which paintings are in the box, in the order in which you kept them. Ideally, they’ll all of a uniform size. Mention that, too. If not, write the size against the painting name. Specify handling directions No matter the labeling system you choose, you must always specify the directions for handling the contents of the box. Fragile, expensive, delicate, or sensitive items need to be handled carefully. You cannot go around telling everyone to remember which boxes contain these items, but you can write ‘fragile,’ ‘this side up’ with a black/ red marker so that the information is conveyed. What if I am storing stuff? If you are taking your items to a self-storage facility for safekeeping (due to downsizing, renovation, relocation) for any period, then you’ll want to go for plastic storage containers. Storage boxes specific tips Never stick the label to the top of the box. If the boxes are stacked on top of another (which is highly likely), then you still need to read the contents. Hence, paste the label on the side. Never use pencils or erasable markers for labeling. They can wear off pretty quickly, and then you’ll have to sit down, unpack each box to see what’s inside it and label it again. Ensure that the label has stuck properly to the box from all four sides. You don’t want friction due to contact from other boxes to tear away the label. Use the tape generously. Make the labels easy-to-read and clear in legible handwriting. There you have it. A short, simple, complete guide to the art of labeling, meant to smoothen your moving and storing process. Try it once and see it work its magic for yourself!